North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

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North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

Wetland numbers and conditions remained fair to good in the eastern U.S. prairies, but habitat conditions declined through the western Dakotas and Montana. The 2010 pond estimate for the north-central U.S. of 2.9 ± 0.1 million, which was similar to last year's (2.9 ± 0.1 million) and 87% above the long-term average (1.6 ± 0.02 million). Fall and winter precipitation in the eastern Dakotas generally improved good habitat conditions already present. However, wetlands in the western Dakotas and Montana were not recharged, resulting in a deterioration of conditions from 2009, at the time the survey was conducted.